Instant Pot Onion Tomato Soup (adapted from the Tastes of Home, 2005)

One of my favorite recipes from The Tastes of Home is a simple Onion Tomato Soup.  There’s no particular genius to this recipe but it surprised me with its simplicity and elegance.  At heart it’s a French onion soup recipe, with silky thin-sliced onions in a hearty beef broth.  Toss in a can of tomatoes……

Polish Porcupines (Indiana, 1984, adapted)

Nearly every church cookbook I own from the 1960s – 1980s has some form of recipes for “porcupines”.   They are usually little more than meatballs mixed with uncooked rice.  As they cook the meat contracts and the rice expands to form “quills” on the surface of the meatball – hence the porcupine.  Truth be told……

Tennessee Barbecue Sauce (Tennessee, 1978)

I’ve lived out West all my life where “barbecue” means either tri-tip, hamburgers, or some sort of hodgepodge of Kansas City and Texas-style barbecue from somewhere else in the United States.  I’ve traveled enough to realize that this it utter heresy to some folks, where each regional variant is held as the one true barbecue…….